First Interview Tips

Thank you for booking a first (screening) interview with us. Lasting 15-30 minutes this is designed to help both you and Amphora decide if we should talk further and is offered to most applicants.

We thought you might appreciate some thoughts on how to prepare.

Most important: Be yourself, don’t sell yourself! The first interview is more of a screening conversation to see if you could be a good fit for us and if we could be a good fit for you. If you pretend to be someone you aren’t we’re both wasting our time.

Some interview guides will make you feel as though you must research the company and the interviewers with the intention of somehow impressing us with your knowledge. Please don’t feel the need to do this, it’s a pointless and fruitless exercise. We find it interesting that many interview guides will tell you to learn what the company does but ignores the culture of the company.

Come prepared to be curious about who we are and what we do and how we do it. Have a think about what matters to you in a workplace.

We are not interested in the standard competency questions – there is a time a place for these, but this is not it. We’re interested in what motivates you and what you are like when you’re working at your best.

Talk about your lives and what you do/want to do in the future – our main interest is who you are as people because that’s who we would be working with. What do you want to achieve in your personal life not just your work life?

Although you might have applied for a particular job, at Amphora we employ people rather than fill roles. So whilst you’re welcome to “ask about the job role” we’ll be expecting a discussion rather than an interrogation. Everyone here has a role that’s tailored to their interests and the company’s needs.

We tend to interview a lot of people and the standard generic interview questions and answers bore us especially after the first few interviews! Traditional questions and answers can be learnt by anyone and tell us nothing we are really interested in about you or how you work.

Finally: Please test your Zoom setup ahead of time and ideally use headphones, in a quiet place. Nothing ruins a remote interview like not being able hear each other.

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